This past year was significant to the Foundation for many reasons. Two among them—the first complete year as a non-profit since our Preserve the Brattle Legacy Campaign and the 55th anniversary of the Brattle Theatre as a cinema—were especially gratifying milestones. Both attest to the Brattle’s viability as a cultural anchor for the Harvard Square community.
As one of the oldest independent theaters in the country, the Brattle has a rich history of opening minds, inspiring hearts and touching lives through the art of cinema. Generations of Harvard, MIT, Tufts and other students from throughout the area have had their first exposure to classic films, such as Casablanca, at the Brattle. Many others have revisited a cherished childhood tradition with the Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival. For all of us, the Brattle Theatre is an integral part of the local cultural landscape, whether we attend a movie a week or just once in a while. Inside you will find profiles of two Brattle supporters who share their thoughts about what the theater means to them.
This annual report also highlights noteworthy programs and special events in 2008, including the Sunday Eye Opener, an educational resource for film appreciation. We also report on the significant growth of the Balcony Club and the success of its special guest series with the likes of Jessica Lange and Keir Dullea.
We are grateful to our members, individual donors, foundations, corporate donors and volunteers, as well as to our viewing audience—all of whom made last year’s exciting film and special event programming possible. We look forward to seeing each of you again this year, seated on the aisle, or perhaps at Art House or our annual Oscar Party.
Thank you again for your tremendous support!
President, Board of Directors